Thousands Evacuated As Wildfires Ravage B.C.

The Background

British Columbia is facing a state of emergency as wildfires continue to ravage the province. Almost 8,000 residents have been forced from their homes, as firefighters try to get the hundreds of fires (burning more than 15,500 hectares) under control. Both the province of Saskatchewan and the Canadian Red Cross have sent in reinforcements, including additional firefighters, financial aid, and cots and bedding for all of those who have been displaced. CBC

What Else You Need to Know

After weeks of hot and dry weather, B.C. was super vulnerable to wildfires but extra wind and dry lightning exacerbated the problem. While it may seem like wildfires have been a standard issue over the past few years (who could ever forget Fort McMurray?), a situation this severe hasn’t occurred in B.C. since 2003. All hands are on deck as officials prepare for fires to “get worse before they get better.” The towns affected are mostly in the Interior and Cariboo regions, including Ashcroft, Cache Creek, Princeton, Scottie Creek, the 100 Mile House area, Hihium Lake as well as Alexis Creek. At the moment, the towns of Ashcroft and Princeton are in the most danger as two fires more than 1,500 hectares in size are creeping closer to both towns.